Women's Equality Day - Investing in the Future of STEM
Up until 1920, women in the United States couldn’t vote, which is hard for many of us to comprehend. On Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passing of the 19th amendment that ushered in a woman's right to vote in the U.S. The upcoming commemoration has me thinking about our own efforts to drive equal representation of women in technology and leadership, through Commvault’s Women in Technology (CV WiT) group.
It’s a fact that women are underrepresented in computer sciences; the figures are actually declining. In 1984, 37 percent of computer science graduates were women; in 2017 that number declined to 24 percent, according to the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code. However, the tech sector keeps adding jobs, and diversity of thought and gender strongly drives innovation. WiT is committed not only to developing our own women, but also to fostering the success of today’s students that is exemplified by a couple key events coming up in October.
For the second consecutive year, Commvault is a sponsor and I am co-chair of the “Bring STEM to Life” conference in Colorado, which will be attended by 100 high school girls.
For us, a commitment to gender equality also means a commitment to our company’s success. I’m really proud of what we’ve built over the past two years at Commvault with our WiT initiatives, and wanted to share some of our members’ voices from around the world - talking about what organizations like ours can help drive and inspire.
On Women’s Equality Day, I’ll raise a glass to all those who have come together before to blaze a path of equality for women, and all those who continue to do so. In 100 years, I’m hoping girls will be learning about women’s history and thinking – “In 2018, women made up only a 24 percent of the technology work force? Crazy, right?”